Unimportant – not if it gets you the job

A few years ago, Nathan, my son-on-law, landed a wonderful position with BB&T Bank in Knoxville.  He had done a rigorous job search after getting his degree in communications in May.  For the bank position he knew he was up against other candidates who had MBAs and previous banking experience.  Nathan brought his experience in pushing a lawn mower, stacking Cheerios in a grocery store, and wiping runny noses in a day care.  And to top that off he was 24 years old and a new college graduate. And yet the position was given to him – downtown office, professional associations … Read More

Nail the phone interview

As companies desperately try to screen through candidates in today’s work environment, we are seeing more and more telephone screening interviews prior to a face-to-face meeting.  Here are some tips to maximize your success: A.  Stand up when taking the call; you project yourself much more confidently and with greater enthusiasm.  (Just this week I had a friend tell me about screening phone messages for a duplex rental he has available.  Based on the phone messages left he decides who he wants to actually see in person.)  You too will be screened out quickly if you are seen as not … Read More

I’m don’t want to hurt your feelings so I’ll just say you’re “overqualified”

I was approached by a young man recently after a presentation.  His question was –“What do you do when you’re over-qualified for any job available?” He proceeded to tell me he had a Master’s degree in Public Health and had been told in multiple interviews he was “over-qualified.” Now think about the reality here – In what setting would being “over-qualified” eliminate you from consideration?  If my mechanic gets an additional certification will I tell him “I don’t want you working on my car anymore – I’m afraid you’re too smart?”  If you show up for a simple physical exam and find … Read More

Want to nail the interview – try this

In the delightful book Love Does, author/attorney/entrepreneur Bob Goff writes about training his clients who have to give depositions.  Other lawyers are firing questions, trying to catch his clients off guard and he wants them to be relaxed and calm.  Here’s what he tells them:  Have your palms up the whole time.  Literally, he tells them to have the backs of their hands on their knees and their palms toward the bottom of the table. And here’s his reason why:  “When their palms are up, they have an easier time being calm, honest, and accurate.”  He says he used to … Read More

Want a job – interview on Tuesday at 10:30 AM

interview tips

I have always encouraged people to choose Tuesday or Wednesday interviews if possible.  Here’s some new research that adds to that advice.  People feel most productive and most agreeable on Tuesday, according to a study from McGill University in Montreal.  By Thursday, people are starting to think about the weekend and on Friday, we’re in a rush to finish things and start the weekend.  On Monday, it’s the pressure of the upcoming week.  Productivity peaks Tuesdays – so we’re back to Tuesdays and Wednesdays as the best days to present yourself as a new part of the team. In terms … Read More

Answering the 1 interview question that gets you hired

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Richard McMunn of How2Become.  Richard established How2Become in 2005, while working as a Fire Officer for Kent Fire & Rescue Service. Since writing his first book, how to become a firefighter, Richard has gone on to author various titles spanning across multiple careers . The company has grown and developed into the UK’s leading careers information and development website. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] The one question, “What are your weaknesses,” can often make or break your candidacy during a long awaited job interview. Interviews are platforms for the … Read More